I was fortunate to be on a business trip in the uK this week. Sorry I missed Sunday post date, but her dis some of the night out I had. I am still dating the LOMO Petzval lens – learning its strengths while shooting at night. I think that having some flare, a repeating patter and shooting nearly aid open, help accentuate it’s special bokeh qualities:
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So I haven’t had a chance to really get to know my new Lomo Petzval lens. It’s unique characteristics best show up when you have a background both out of crocus and with repeating in pattern. Like leaves and foliage. Or lots of pinpoint light sources. And focusing is fun with the manual aperture plates.
Here are some arty stacks I did of the light beam coming up from the Luxor whilst standing int he MGM parking lot by the convention center. Downtown night stars clearly visible.
I think the lens is a little soft (not razor sharp like modern commercial lenses) so I use less Structure when processing the images. The color version looks very natural to me and the B/W versions interesting.
Here are some daylight images for reference, not so much art. Gabe and Dave shot portraits of each other – I did not shoot the people photos. But they show the lens is great for people!
and some non-people shots which I did shoot while outside the hotel:
I wanted to start off with a bang, but here I am a few weeks later. My picks from a mini road trip:
Happy New Year, everyone! I am back with a vengeance, and committed to weekly art. Look for an email! In the meantime, please enjoy these photos without which an invitation from Jeff McCrum would not have happened. Thanks, Jeff.
I call it Sine Wars. Why? Dunno.
Anyway, I’m back. Sorry, I left y’all floating. I’m here and done with getting over my burnout after the live show.
Here is a closeup of some of the detail:
Sorry I have been a little absent lately, folks. Been feeling very under the weather.
Here are three photos I shot last night in Gantry Park with Gabe. I was experimenting with HDR at night and using Trigger Trap, which failed big time after a bit.
I was in Puerto Rico last week – sorry I decided to go computerless.
Here are the film shots from Paper Burlesque. LOVE these.
How are WE doing?
I am not out of the tunnel vision of doing an exhibition and live show and I notice that WoA is weak on the weekly postings? Questions:
1) Do we still enjoy this stimulating approach to productive creativity, or has it run its course?
2) Should at least 3 posts per mont be mandated, or else wise members should be asked to bump it up?
3) Is this just life getting in the way?
4) Apologies for canceling the last Salon, but it was necessary. Did this kill enthusiasm? Will be come in force to the next one at Jeff’s place?
I am very interested in your answers, please comment. I love WoA and all of our members. I want this it get strong again if it is indeed useful and stimulating and productive.
The madness is over! Mabel and I, and all of the wonderful artist performers triumphed. It was a magical evening.
So I have a conundrum. I want to use selective color but I’ve always found it cheesy.
Huge thanks to Jeff and Shehab for filming this event – that will come in time after I edit it all together…
So scattered among all of these photos are some I’ve worked over to try and be subtle about it. Lemme know what you like best (if possible it’s a ton of photos), and whether you prefer strait-up black-and-white or a touch of color.
Film shots form 6×7 and 4×5″ to come.
(MANY) more after the break.
This is a crazy compendium of my efforts for the last few weeks. Enjoy!
Shot with a GoPro Hero 3 Silver Edition. Assembled with iStopMotion and Final Cut Pro.